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  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (683)

    Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists are murdered and Salander's fingerprints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable behaviour makes her the official suspect, but no-one can find her. Salander may be an expert at staying out of sight, but she also has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.

    Joe says: "Excellent"
    "Great conspiracy sparked with original characters."
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    What did you love best about The Girl Who Played with Fire?

    Great description of characteristics of each individual involved in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kalle Blomqvist. Well balanced dedicated charming journalist.


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    The way he can narrate each individual according to their nature is simply beyond pure talent. There's more!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Haha, yes there were moments of glint in my eyes and definitely I was laughing my head off several times.


    Any additional comments?

    There must by something about the book when more than one film adaptations will have been done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Birthdays for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

    BSquared67 says: "For those who can stomach strong violence"
    "Excellently written book"
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    If you could sum up Birthdays for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    There's something (brilliant) about the style of this story telling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Birthdays for the Dead?

    I liked those parts where he made me laugh loudly. And those were many. I promise you will like the psychologist Alice McDonnald helping to solve the case. She was soooooo weird but in such a cute way you could not resist liking her. After many situations where she was portrayed like a total nut they visited retired Henry Anderson another psychologist another individual in his cabin. She again did not miss a chance to prove she is a total case which made Henry raise his eyebrow and say "Ain't she delightfully quirky?". Then later several chapters when chasing the suspect and facing a dangerous situation Ash (the main character) stressed her no to do something reckless and she said "I'm delightfully quirky not stupid!".


    What does Ian Hanmore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wont be able to read it with Scottish accent. It was great to listen that one for a change. He gave the characters life and spark which I would not be able based on my experience. It requires certain theatrical skills and craft to sustain the personality of a character by speaking their parts. He was incredibly coherent through out the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes there was. But I cant write about it without revealing the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are afraid that you will be faced by long and cruel descriptions of harming innocent girls than this will not happen. You have to be however a bit stronger to accept certain parts but for most part of the book you will be following investigation. There will be a certain amount of disturbing moments so be prepared. I was a little bit worried after reading some previous reviews that my stomach may not digest this book but it was not that bad. Probably it depends on what've you read before what films you've watched and what violence you've seen before so for a moderate crime reader this should be all right. To be honest I was much more disturbed by watching film Seven with Brad Pitt. I am not giving 5 stars to this book because I will give 5 only to few books which made a really long lasting and influential impression on me. One of those books which are 5 for me are Stieg Larsson's - Girl with a Dragoon Tattoo and Godfather by Mario Puzzo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danny Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Henry Hack
    • Narrated By Joe O'Shaughnessy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When homicide detective Daniel Boyland investigates his first big murder case, the poisoning death of school teacher Laura Samuels, he falls in love with the chief murder suspect, Niki Wells, with disastrous results. By cleverly manipulating the forensic evidence and witness testimony, Niki and co-suspect Marty Samuels (Laura's husband), frame Danny for the murder.

    mrseagull says: "Average uninspiring crime story"
    "Average uninspiring crime story"
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    What disappointed you about Danny Boy?

    The detective's skills and wit were dull. He was not at all clever. Behaved being a victim of circumstances who wallows hopelessly in destiny written by unknown forces beyond his reach or comprehension.


    What was most disappointing about Henry Hack’s story?

    There were holes of logic in every chapter through out the book. The whole police force portrait resembled one hopeless group of amateurs who if anything else can ask neighbours or friends of suspects if they know anything but ...forensic??? ...unknown quantity!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe O'Shaughnessy’s performances?

    Yes, why not. It is pleasant to listen to his voice. However I did not buy some of characters he imitated because I would give them different voice qualities based on their features.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised why there were so many positive feedbacks on this book. Was it because the last audio I listened were Stieg Larsson's J.A. Lindquist's and S. King's books and I were up to really high standards? If so I do better check what else the reviewer read before I trust their feedback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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